Advertisement

HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014

Jethmalani tears down Cong, drums up support for Modi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 08, 2014
First Published: 21:33 IST(8/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:36 IST(8/4/2014)

Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party member and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was the "real protector of Indian Muslims" and his communal image was a creation of the Congress and the other "so-called secular faces" of the country.

Advertisement

Drumming up support for the saffron party at a lecture titled 'Relevance of Narendra Modi in Indian Politics', Jethmalani tore down the Congress and described it as a "maut ka saudagar (dealer of death)" in a strongly worded address. Jethmalani said Modi won his first assembly election from Rajkot in February 2002 on the back of thumping support from the Muslim community.

He claimed that even in the 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat, Modi received the support of 31% Muslims in the state, helping him become the Gujarat chief minister for a third time. "Modi is not communal at all. It is clearly evident that they (Muslims) like him and will vote for him in the Lok Sabha elections," he said.

He said that during Congress rule in Gujarat in 1969, several Muslims were killed in riots in Ahmedabad. Evoking the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, he said the kin of those killed in the communal violence were still awaiting justice. "Modi deserves to be the Prime Minister. He has all the qualifications to lead the country," Jethmalani said.

Jethmalani rubbished the Congress, saying said he did not consider party vice-president Rahul Gandhi capable enough of heading the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). On Aam Aadmi Party, Jethmalani said that one of the founders of AAP, advocate Prashant Bhushan, had himself told him that "AAP is the B team of Congress" and they were "working" for Rahul Gandhi. Jethmalani also shared with the gathering his career as a legal luminary.

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes.com
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
more from Chandigarh

Jat body seeks legal backing from Haryana govt over quota

Readying to take up the fight of the Jat community on reservation extended by the previous Congress government at the Centre and in Haryana as well, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) on Sunday urged the state government to give them legal backing.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved